Vopak Pacific Canada Project Nets Key Environmental Determination

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Vopak Development Canada Inc., which is looking into building and operating a bulk liquids storage facility on Ridley Island (an area governed by the Prince Rupert Port Authority), reached a major milestone in its federal environmental impact review.

The port authority, along with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Transport Canada “have determined … that the Vopak Pacific Canada Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects,” the port said in a Nov. 28 statement.

The determination was made according to the requirements outlined in Section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and Section 82 of the Impact Assessment Act. 

During the review process, federal authorities spoke with Indigenous nations on the potential effects that the project might have on the environment, Indigenous peoples, and their interests and rights, the port said, adding that the project obtained its Environmental Assessment Certificate in April from the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office.

“This concludes both the federal and provincial environmental review processes, which is a prerequisite for the federal authorities to consider the required authorizations for the project to proceed,” the port said. 

Meanwhile, Vopak plans to keep working on getting the rest of its permits and making a final investment decision on the project.

For more, check out https://vopakpacificcanada.com/.

By Karen Robes Meeks